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AAUW Holiday Home Tour 2015

Join us Saturday, December 5th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm to tour and enjoy the 2015 selections on AAUW Tyler’s Holiday in the Pines Tour of Homes.  Proceeds from the tour fund AAUW Tyler scholarships to women graduating from area high schools, Tyler Junior College, UT Tyler, and Texas College.  Proceeds also fund other AAUW local and national efforts.

Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at Potpourri House or on the day of the tour at the tour homes.  Additionally, you may pay online at this link

We look forward to seeing you at all the festively decorated locations!

1716 Everglades
Home of Sandy & Don Teeler

Creativity and an amazing love of all things Christmas adorn the Teeler home1716 Everglades - Teeler Home on Everglade Drive. At this traditional home, imagination is at its best as Don and Sandy have decorated for the holiday season.  Each room has a unique theme showcasing the antiques and treasurers that the couple has collected through the years.

Entering the foyer, the central Christmas tree comes into view and light floods into the living room from an open atrium filled with twinkle lights and beautiful outdoor water features.

Turning to the right an adorable “Granddaughters Room” is filled with girlie keepsakes and a one of a kind vintage purse collection.  Hand-made mosaic tile mirrors draw attention to the artistry of the owner.  Passing through the Jack and Jill bathroom, notice the mirrors which are embellished with seashells collected from many memorable trips to the beach.  Completing an ocean theme, a colorful mermaid adorns the wall.

The Teeler’s love of the outdoors comes alive in their grandson’s guest room.  Named “The Nature Room”, this space is filled with wire bird cages and needlepoint butterflies.  Useful storage space was repurposed from Mrs. Teeler’s  mother’s coffee table and her father’s dresser.

Large beautiful paintings greet you traveling down the hall to the master bedroom.  Upon entering, a sense of the orient can be viewed.  Enchanting scenes depicting the Far East become the focus behind the bed as well as on the furniture throughout the room.  Here we are pleasantly surprised to find a Christmas tree filled with Chinese and Japanese lanterns.

French doors allow us entrance to the focal point of the house, a beautiful atrium, with two cascading water features which can be viewed from three rooms.  This area has been transformed into a “Winter Wonderland”.  No less interesting is the Antler Room, so named for the magnificent antler chandelier in the middle of the room.  Adorning one wall is a deer tapestry Mrs. Teeler received from her sister as a birthday gift.  This room houses many works of amateur artists depicting scenes from nature.  Antique suitcases flank the sofa as end tables and a latch-hook rug with animal features complete the room.

The smell of Gingerbread houses fill the kitchen as you wander through to the formal dining room which is highlighted with a decoratively set table replete with family Christmas china.   The ceiling of this room calls attention to pleated fabric encircling the chandelier and an antique buffet holds a vase created by her mother filled with glass works.

As we travel to the large game room, we pass the guest bath which is reminiscent of a voyage to Paris, France.    Upon entrance we discover we have been transported to Toyland.  The life-size Santa holds court surrounded by a Gingerbread village and a charming Christmas tree.

Exiting the house, you say goodbye to  a cascading waterfall and a novel blown glass ball collection.   The Teeler’s wish you a Happy Holiday.


12600 CR 133
Flint, TX
Home of Lisa & John Jones

12600 CR 133

The Lisa and John Jones home in Flint is a combination of old and new.  When the couple decided to move to Tyler from Henderson, Lisa wanted an older home reflecting her style –  warm and welcoming with big rooms for her family to gather together.  John wanted everything new – no old pipes or electrical wires.  They compromised on building the beautiful farmhouse located in Flint, with everything new for John, but with style that Lisa loves.

The spacious front porch welcomes you with views that make you just want to sit for a while.  Enter the home through the foyer into the beautiful family room with windows across the back of the home.  This room is filled with comfortable couches where you will no doubt find BeeCee, the Jones’ fifteen year old “barn cat” keeping her eye on all.  The beautifully decorated tree, along with the grand piano in the corner, make this a great place to spend Christmas morning with a cup of hot chocolate!

Next, enter the master suite.  The Jones love to relax in this area surrounded by photos of their children and grandchildren.  One of their favorite places is the screened-in porch area off the bedroom, another great place to relax and enjoy the view!  As you proceed into the master bath and dressing area, please notice the collage the Jones children  commissioned for Lisa and John’s birthdays – look closely at the memories compiled here – favorite pets, hobbies, and of course, family!

The view from the back porch is nothing short of breathtaking!  The pool and the beautiful lake in the pasture with its own fountain make you want to sit a spell in the porch swing and watch the horses graze.  Proceed into the kitchen area, Lisa’s favorite room for gathering all her family around the huge farmhouse table.  The antique sideboard belonged to Lisa’s mother, who has her own room with a collection of vintage mail boxes displayed on the wall.  The mud room includes a basket with each grandchild’s name providing them a place to store gloves and hats when they come to explore.

Speaking of exploring, the grandchildren have their own treehouse – air conditioned by the way!

The barn is a working barn.  Look for pictures of John, who competes in roping competitions, along the wall.  A hidden treasure is the “bunk-house” with its own kitchen, bath and huge room with four bunk beds.

The Jone’s home is truly the spot for an old-fashioned Christmas among the pines!


406 Prince Charles
Whitehouse, TX
Home of Maegan & Paul Schneider

Paul and Maegan Schneider invite you for Christmas cheer to their charming home in Whitehouse, TX, a few miles out of Tyler.  Paul’s art can be found in every room of the house and is cherished by the family.406 Prince Charles

A traditional house, one enters the foyer and turns right to the cozy yellow and white guest bedroom.  A memorable Pinot’s Palette painting hangs to remind Maegan of an evening painting with friends.  Family antiques are sure to catch your eye.

Making your way through the children’s bedrooms, each is decorated with the interests and hobbies of the child in mind.  The outstanding feature in the son’s bedroom is a large collage of photos taken of family and friends present on the day he was born.  Spelling out his name this is truly a work of art to be treasured from the day of his birth.  The daughter’s room is decorated with an antique bird’s eye maple dresser belonging to her great grandparents.  It is a timeless memory that warms this space.

The family shares Christmas morning and the coming of Santa in the formal living room where the main decorated tree is filled with ornaments and ribbons.  The mantle above the fireplace is enhanced with garland and candles highlighting Paul’s black and white drawings.  Beyond the tree, one can’t help but notice the view of the back yard from the wall of picture windows.  Here you will also find a quaint antique desk.

The dining room beckons visitors with a sparking contemporary light fixture and hand painted walls.  Drawn by Paul, a large portrait of Ben Hogan is a focal point.

The kitchen and breakfast areas look into the family room in this open concept house.  This room includes family photos from trips and special occasions with the children.  Within the confines of this culinary space, a playful children’s area is highlighted with a gumball machine and miniature play table.

The master bedroom is entered from the kitchen and filled with soft shades of pastels giving the room a sense of calm.  This master suite is a haven for peace and rest for the busy parents after a long day.  This eclectic space is filled with antiques and modern art.

Retracing your steps, you will exit through the front entrance wishing the Schneider’s a Very Merry Christmas!

First Christian Church
Corner of the Loop and Broadway
Open 10 am to 4 pm

For fifty years, First Christian Church has been a fixture at the corner of Broadway and the LoFCCop.  Following a major renovation, the Church invites visitors to the AAUW Holiday Home Tour to begin their holiday season with a tour of FCC’s beautiful new space.

Visitors enter the Disciples Hall to be greeted by two 12-foot Christmas trees decorated in creams and gold.  Matching garland curves up the staircase.  The beautiful Apostles Windows of etched glass by John Hutton are a permanent feature of the Hall, which has become a gathering place each Sunday morning and many times during the week.  The windows, inspired by Hutton’s etched glass Great West Screen in Coventry Cathedral in England, were a gift to the congregation from Tony and Gladys Howard when the church moved from downtown Tyler to its present location in 1965.

The sanctuary features another special tree.  The Chrismon Tree is decked with cream and gold ornaments symbolic of Christ.  Chrismons, monograms of Christ, have been passed down through the centuries of Christian history.  Created by the women of the church,  the Chrismon Tree has been a special part of the holidays at FCC for more than twenty years.  Visitors will receive a booklet explaining the symbolism of each of the monograms.

A collection of nativities from various members of the congregation are featured in the library.  The Children’s wing highlights ornaments made by children of the church.  A Holy Family manger scene resides in the Contemporary Worship space.

Visitors are invited to share in cookies and cider back in the Disciples Hall as they rest before continuing the Holiday Home Tour.


The Stretford at the Cascades
2801 Wexford Drive

AAUW has the unique opportunity this year to present a condominium at The Stretford in the Cascades.  Professionally decorated, this charming residence is in a private setting overlooking the golf course and wooded landscapes.  Amenities include 2The Stretford at the Cascades4/7 concierge service, fitness center with 24/7 access, indoor pool, first floor community room with attached full kitchen, enclosed parking garage, championship golf course and country club with tennis, dining, and social facilities.

The elegant entry foyer with travertine tile leads into the great room which is highlighted with a corner gas fireplace and a beautiful wooden mantle adorned with Christmas garland.  We step onto rich hardwood floors to behold the panoramic windows looking onto the golf course and Tyler in the distance.  Here an exquisitely decorated Christmas tree soars towards the 10 foot ceilings which are highlighted with crown molding.  This room is offset with a lovely study and dining room which leads to a 9th floor balcony.

One of the outstanding features of this dwelling is the kitchen, with solid wood cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.  A bonus of this culinary space is under-cabinet lighting, tile kitchen backsplashes, soft-close kitchen drawers, and a generous walk in pantry.

Although there is a guest bedroom and bath, the main luxuries of this residence are the spacious master bedroom, master bath and walk-in closet.  The owner will enjoy the five piece master bath featuring marble bath vanities, soaking tub with marble surroundings, separate shower with frameless glass enclosure and bench.

The large picture windows from each room give a spectacular unobstructed 360 view of the beautifully groomed surrounding landscapes.  The only thing that could make this tour be more charming would be falling snow!

Daytime Book Club

Daytime book club meets the fourth Wednesday of each month.
The next meeting will be October 28th, and the group will discuss George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade.  For location contact Betty Tirey at 903-533-9938.


Meets the second Monday of each month.
Next meeting will be on November 9th at 6:00 pm.
Gus’ Mexican Restaurant located in Gresham.